Since 2011, when this show began, its watchers have been sitting at the edge of their seats to wait for another bite of the show - be it an episode, a trailer, a news release or an entire season. You guessed it right - we are talking about Game of Thrones here. Since it started, we have waited our entire summers hoping for 'winter' to come. And now that 'winter is here' - it cannot be over-stated on how long have we waited for this season of Game of Thrones to reach its finale. And now it's almost upon us.
Right from the first season, they the showrunners of Game of Thrones have been making the penultimate episode as the paramount of the season. From the beheading of Lord Eddard Stark to the Red Wedding to the Battle of the Bastards, the show has made the viewers of the show bite their nails with excitement on the second-to-last episodes. And this season wasn't any different.
Join us on the journey of the battle beyond the wall and the emotional roller coaster ride that followed.
The show starts off with us showing the 'Still Breathing'-Seven soldiers, as worded by Jon Snow who now leads his own little 'A-Team' comprising of misfits - Tormund, The Hound, Gendry, Thoros of Myr, Beric Dondarrion and Jorah Mormont. The party is heading on the expedition from the Eastwatch-by-the-Sea to capture a wight, in order to prove the Seven Kingdoms about the unimaginable threat heading from the North.
The Stark sisters have been on each other's backs since their reunion. And now with the letter that Arya found as Lord Baelish's ulterior scheme against the Stark bonds, she confronts Sansa about how easy it was for her the betray her own house. Sansa counters it with legitimate arguments, but the way this conversation was structured, both the sisters came off as faulty. Though it is very uncertain as to how will the letter conspiracy unfold.
The story again leaps off beyond the Wall where everyone's favourite Tormund shared some laughs as he found his new target in the grumpy and mean Sandor Clegane. This was where, after all the ogling and awkward encounters, Tormund revealed his feelings for Brienne. (Raise your hand if you had secretly shipped Tormund and Brienne together *raises hand*.)
After this, Jon and Beric shared two cents with each other. This was a special conversation to hear to as these two are the men who were raised by fire (raised from the dead - technically, they are fire-Wights!). A very wise conversation that reminds us quite a lot of the lessons from 'Bhagavad Gita' – "We should do our work without worrying about its result."
Tormund and Brienne's wasn't the only love that was fessed up here. Daenerys was as subtle as a gun to show her 'un-care' about "this… Jon Snow" and his apparent heroism. Something that Tyrion picked up and cleverly play a smirk over the possibility of an upcoming relationship. Honestly, this was a super happy moment for us.
This gossip segues into a political conversation where they talk about the possible measures to take if they ever plan to meet Cersei. The same googly-eyes suddenly turns offensive on Tyrion pointing out his Lannister ties and his possible docility when he tries to bring up the matter of her succession. This significantly implied that she is being rather short-sighted.
Another jump beyond the wall as the group confronted a 'bear wight' amidst the mist as they headed towards the Frozen Lake. The bear attacked one of the members and the rest, form a circle to face a ferocious dead beast.
The bear struck again and take down another while the rest of them tried to fight him. Thoros and Beric Dondarrion manage to light the bear on fire which then charged towards Hound. This was a shocking moment as, however strong the Hound is, fire is his Kryptonite. As the bear charged at the Hound, Thoros jumped in who literally got swept on the floor as the bear bit him deeply.
Baelish is found yet again slithering around the 'Queen-in-the-North' trying to whisper his words to her gullible mind. Clearly, he is the one who wants to get Sansa and Arya separated, and even when Sansa is aware of his trickery, it's quite simple for one to fall in despair if the situations are worse.
The team was worried about how to isolate a wight from the whole army, especially with the White Walkers walking along them. Luckily, they spot a small platoon of the dead led by a single Walker. Without wasting anytime, they attack the wights with Jon engaging the Walker. And just as they started to get overwhelmed by the dead, Jon slashes their leader with his Longclaw. This made the rest of the dead shatter away, but conveniently one dead was successfully isolated to be captured. Although, he let out a loud cry which probably alerted the remaining army of the dead.
Hearing the screams of a fellow dead, the army of the dead stormed in cornering the team to The Frozen Lake. Jon sent Gendry off to the castle at Eastwatch to send a raven to Dragonstone for reinforcement. With the thin ice covering the lake, Jon and the others reach a safe point in the center with a thin-ice moat guarding them. They ascertain the fact that killing the walkers is a quicken the battle instead of fighting the dead.
Meanwhile, Gendry managed to live through the night and reach Eastwatch. Unfortunately, same couldn't be said about Thoros who passed away as the winter winds blew. Restless and waiting for the reinforcements to arrive, the Hound decided to throw stones at random deads. Something he soon came to regret.
It seems like the raven from the eastwatch reached Dragonstone, as Dany prepared to leave for the wall. Though, Tyrion doesn't seem to approve this move. He didn't wish for 'the most important person in the world to go to the most dangerous place in the world'. But Dany left with her 3 children anyway, saying that she isn't doing 'nothing again.'
As the team was barely able to fend off the dead and keep the captive with themselves, the dragons arrived at the nick of time, giving them (And all of us a sigh of relief). While Rhaegar and Viserion blew fire on the dead, Drogon sat on the boulder allowing the squad to climb up. Unfortunately, Jon gets caught in the fight with the wights letting the others a chance to climb the dragon.
Another shock was given to us as Tormund was hacking his Dragonglass axe through the dead, he was swarmed by a few and was being dragged away. The struggle was strong and somehow Tormund was able to walk away from danger. Right after Thoros, Tormund's loss would have been a difficult one to cope up with. Lucky for us, the humor – strength package for us didn't die yet.
Another shock was given to us as the Night King angled his ice spear at Viserion, hitting him in a single strike. So much so, that he came crashing to the ground bleeding through his last moments before sinking in the Frozen Lake. The shrill cry let out by the two brothers and the look on Mother of Dragon was enough to instill the gravity of the situation.
As the Night King angled another spear, this time aiming Drogon, Jon yelled at the rescue to fly away right before being thrown into the waters by Wights. Although Jon came back, but only after the grieving mother had left looking back in the hopes to see Viserion.
Jon stumbled out of the lake and careened his way back to the army of the dead, hoping this would be his last day. Though, his uncle, Benjen Stark establish a life-saving reunion heaving him on his horse to head back to Eastwatch as Benjen himself ward off the dead to his last breath. Daenerys reached Eastwatch while still grieving for her lost child and hoping for Jon to return, and finally, got relieved on seeing him arrive.
Meanwhile, in the Stark House, Sansa ordered Brienne to Attend to Cersei's summon at the King's Landing on her stead, while she fumbled through Arya's belongings. She stumbled upon her bag where Arya had kept a few faces. This is when Arya entered the room forcing Sansa into yet another creepy conversation with a sibling, this time downright be threatened to be killed.
When Jon was still unconscious, Dany got to look at his stab wounds and it didn't take her long to realise that what Ser Davos said was NOT a figure of speech. Visibly, she had much more respect for the King-in-the-North, and clearly, the love sensation can be felt as the scene proceeded further. Though, those who were looking for a possible non-incestuous relationship might have to wait a bit longer.
As the episode reached its end, We could see the dead resurfacing the body of Viserion on the command of The Night King. And if killing a beloved dragon wasn't enough (that too in a single hit), The Night King resurrected him for his army as the dead Viserion opens his eyes, as blue as Night King's himself.
Indeed, the whole episode was a shocker. What do you think will happen in the next episode? Share your thoughts in the comment section